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    Hackberry: One Tough Tree

    By James R. Fazio | June 27, 2017

    Celtis occidentalis The hackberry has appropriately been called, “one tough tree.” Colonists had enough other trees to choose from that they didn’t pay much attention to the hackberry trees. They found them scattered throughout forests rather than in solid stands. The quality of the wood relegated its use mostly to barrel hoops. On the drier plains, it was used along with any other wood that could be obtained for flooring and other parts of the homestead. The first colonists paid…

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    Willow Oak: A Handsome Southerner

    Quercus phellos The oak tree family is made up of hundreds of species. It’s fair to say that each species offers unique and imperial traits to any landscape it adorns. The willow oak is…

    By Sheereen Othman | May 2, 2017
  • Misc Trees

    Thornless Honeylocust: The City Tree

    (Gleditsia triacanthos) You may recognize the resemblance the thornless honeylocust shares with its relatives the honeylocust and the waterlocust of the deep South— minus the sharp thorns that cover its branches. The thornless honeylocust…

    By Sheereen Othman | October 27, 2015
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    Chinese Pistache: There’s More Than Meets the Eye

    (Pistacia chinensis) Sometimes nicknamed the ‘ugly duckling’ in the tree world, the Chinese pistache is often snubbed because of its unattractive and misshapen early stages. Although born into rough beginnings, the tree develops into…

    By Sheereen Othman | August 26, 2015
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    Sourwood: A Sweet Surprise

    (Oxydendrum arboretum) What if there were a tree with scented flowers and tart leaves that shaded you from the sun’s heat in the summer and amused you with vibrant foliage in the fall, would…

    By Sheereen Othman | August 19, 2015
  • Landscape Design

    Designing Underneath a Shade Tree

    The Arbor Day Foundation approached me about designing several plant combinations that their members and fans could use to create plantings of aesthetic interest and which provide function in the landscape.  Over the next…

    By JOEL T. PARKER JR. ASLA RLA LEED AP | July 29, 2010